Old Friends are Like Good Books!

A Clue for Adrianna (Captain’s Point Stories) by Charlotte Kent

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

A Clue for Adrianna  by Charlotte Kent (pseudonym used by Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill for their Captain’s Point Story series)  Coming Soon!

Recently, I have reconnected with one of my oldest and dearest friends that I grew up with, went all through school with (elementary through high school), and even kept in touch for years after that.  Inevitably life happens and we haven’t seen each other for at least twenty years.  But now, thanks to our wonderful high school class president and a dynamite class website, we have connected once again!  In a couple of weeks, she and I, along with a few other classmates and friends are planning a get-together to renew our friendships.

For me, old friends or friendships are like reader’s relationships with good books!   They are cherished when new, preserved through the years, and even when resting on a treasured book shelf for a time, one can years later select a favorite work from its designated spot and once again relish the story inside and the special bonds created by the author’s carefully chosen words.

The books of my youth still hold a special place in my heart!   Treasured classics like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby are just a few that come to mind.  I can read and re-read these works over and over again, even years apart, and still feel the comfort and joy of an old friend.  No matter how old I get, I will always cherish Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie which was one of the first books of my own that I received as a gift from my parents.

As a writer and newly published author, I hope that my short stories, novellas and novels will be enjoyed and treasured much like wonderful friendships which stand the test of time.  My hope is that each year that passes will only strengthen the bonds that I’m forging with my readers and that like old friendships, my works might someday be out of sight, but never out of mind.

Happy Reading!

Juliette

Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available in paperback, in the UK and for NOOK!

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Meet Consuelo Roland — Guest Author Interview

Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available on NOOK and in the UK!

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF YOU’VE NEVER TOLD ANYONE:

I once kissed a total stranger on an empty night train making its way out of Frankfurt. He asked me to go to Paris with him for the weekend and I refused.  I’ve always wondered what would have happened if I’d said yes.

WHO’S ON THE COVER AND WHY IS SHE IN SUCH TROUBLE?

The perfect life… Or a beautiful lie? Forced to hunt down Lady Limbo, the ghost of a youthful love affair that ended in betrayal, Paola Dante risks everything and learns to trust no one in a race to find her missing husband. Lady Limbo leads her into dark territory she never knew existed, where she must question all she knows. What if the great love of your life committed the perfect crime?

GIVE US THE 140-CHARACTER STORY PITCH:

Here today, gone tomorrow. Paola Dante’s husband has disappeared. All she has is the Limbo files.  7 women 7 files. Which one is Lady Limbo?

YOUR CHARACTER, PAOLA DANTE, HAS TO COVER SEVERAL DIFFERENT ANGLES; FROM CAREER WOMAN TO COOL SEDUCTRESS TO RELUCTANT CHILD PROTECTOR. YOU’RE ITALIAN AND YOU’VE WORKED IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS. IS SHE MODELED ON YOURSELF?

Not at all. Paola knows how to stay one step ahead in the combat zone of corporate meetings; she treats bullying shark tactics with the disdain they deserve. On a personal level she is sassy, witty and smart  – this frightening mix of self-control and social maturity is totally unlike me. But of course there’s a very human side to her. Sometimes it makes sense to work with background knowledge you already have. I could just let her develop organically without too much over-thought.

IT’S AN UNUSUAL PREMISE FOR A PLOT; AN ORGANISATION THAT HIRES MEN OUT FOR COPULATION? DOES SUCH AN ORGANISATION EXIST? WHO IS YOUR SOURCE?

My  source is a ground hostess who told my mother a very sexy naughty story one long night at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Her name is forever lost in the torrential downpour of that stormy night. Real Man International (aka RMI) is an invented name, but the organisation exists; it’s details reside in a ground hostess’s little black book. It was fun to turn things around and evoke a world where men are  paid ridiculous stud fees to be at the beck and call of wilful women who can afford to be extravagant. Occasionally a perfectly ordinary independently-minded woman – such as  a ground hostess – will use their services.

ISN’T THE WHOLE IDEA OF A VIRGIN AUCTION ON THE INTERNET A BIT IMPROBABLE? IT’S A COMPELLING AND ORIGINAL STORY IDEA BUT DO SUCH THINGS ACTUALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE?

A good thriller chills our blood, readying us for a mesmerising journey through the glowing portals of hell. Lady Limbo transports us into a parallel reality where humanity’s worst instincts are at play. The “dark web” (an invisible black hole of untraceable activity) is estimated to be an incredible 15 times larger than the web we know, with more than 900 billion pages. It is a world where the illegal is openly available, providing a hidden shop window for criminal gangs and sexual predators. On the dark web innocence is traded like any other commodity.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LADY LIMBO?

I love that it’s a thoroughly twenty-first century story full of enigmatic twists and turns. Just when you think the story is going one way then it suddenly gets even more interesting and ups the ante. The shocks and surprises keep on coming at the character like she’s in a shooting arcade, dodging a hidden shooter in a world of seduction and darkness. Paola has to think on her feet all the time, or the truth will find her before she finds the truth.

Stellalinkbooks (Joni Rodgers); Youtube Review of Lady Limbo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGp2dBYQRyg

Joni L. Rodgers; Amazon Review of Lady Limbo: http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Limbo-ebook/product-reviews/B009N36A5Y

http://bit.ly/KillerThrillers

Christmas Shoppe Magic (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

Also available on NOOK and in the UK!

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Coincidence or Conspiracy? Guest Post by Author Claude Bouchard

Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available on NOOK and in the UK!

Coincidence or Conspiracy?

I’ve always been a stickler for accuracy in details and this certainly applies when I write. A realist by nature, even though I deal in fiction, if it exists, I don’t make it up. If it can’t be done, don’t expect any of my characters to do it. That said, roughly six months ago, while working on the seventh thriller of my Vigilante series entitled Femme Fatale, I wrote the following sentence:

The Boeing 777-300 came to a halt at Gate B59 of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2A at 8:14 a.m. and Air Canada flight AC870 had arrived, sixteen minutes ahead of schedule.

The flight referred to in that sentence exists and the plane is really that particular model. Even the gate and terminal information are accurate. The sixteen minute thing, I made up just for fun.

By now, some of you are probably saying, “Whoop-Dee-Do. What’s your point?” To that, I say, “Hang on a second. That wasn’t the weird part. It’s coming. Chill.” Moving along…

About two months ago, friends from Australia informed me they would be vacationing in Vietnam come spring and suggested we might do the same and hook up with them. My wife and I found this to be a terrific idea and started looking into flight possibilities. From past experience, I knew that flights to Asia from Montreal generally involve connecting in NYC, Chicago or Vancouver then heading west for twelve to fourteen hours over the Pacific. The weird part is getting closer.

After looking at possible flights, effectively going through Vancouver to either Seoul or Tokyo then on to Hanoi, we decided to contact a travel agent to see what she could come up with in terms of flight plans and price. To our surprise, the agent proposed heading east, connecting with our flight to Vietnam in Europe. Flying time would be about the same but we would be waiting a lot less between flights and leaving home a half day later. The price was the same so we went ahead and booked our trip. Now for the weird part…

Recently, while working through a final edit run of Femme Fatale before its release in March, I came upon the above-mentioned sentence and felt a sudden chill… I realized my wife and I would be on Air Canada flight AC870 to Paris in May, on our way to Vietnam…

Coincidence or conspiracy? I’m going for coincidence for now, but when I get on that plane, if I see a gorgeous redhead in a second row Executive First Suite, I’m going to freak…

http://bit.ly/KillerThrillers

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 About Author Claude Bouchard: I was born in Montreal, Canada, where I still reside with my spouse, Joanne. I completed my studies in human resources, accounting and management at McGill University and worked in various management capacities in the fields of HR and finance for a handful of firms for what seemed like decades, because it was. I should also mention I love pizza, but who doesn’t and, in my opinion, nothing rocks more than cooking on the grill.

My first stab at writing was in 1995, the result being my first novel, Vigilante. This was subsequently followed by The Consultant (1996) and Mind Games (1997), all of the same series. Professional obligations and other creative interests led me away from writing for a number of years but I found myself busy at the keyboard in 2009 with The Homeless Killer after having finally published my first three novels. I then followed up with 6 Hours 42 Minutes in 2011, also part of the Vigilante series born from Vigilante. In July 2011, I released ASYLUM, my first stand-alone novel and Discreet Activities, my sixth Vigilante crime thriller was published in January 2012. In October 2012, I penned and released Something’s Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah. I think I’m really starting to like this writing thing. My eighth novel and seventh installment of the Vigilante series, Femme Fatale, has just been released.

Besides writing, editing and promoting my work, I also spend some artistic energy with my five guitars, oil paints and watercolours. Other passions include cooking (big time with fine wine to go with it, of course), reading, traveling and working out just enough to stay fit. It should also be noted that following several years of practice, I now excel at being cat furniture for Krystalle and Midnight, or so they tell me.

 Drop by for a visit anytime at http://www.claudebouchardbooks.com

Christmas Shoppe Magic (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

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“It Never Was You” Guest Blog — Mike Harris

I am so pleased today to bring you a special guest post from an amazing person and friend, Mike Harris!  After connecting with him last year through an event for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books contest involving the first volume of his grandfather’s trilogy, Pegasus Falling, I immediately knew this work was something extraordinary.  The story is truly captivating, and I highly recommend reading it!  That’s why I’m so excited that he’s visiting my blog today via his guest post to discuss the upcoming release of the second work in the trilogy, It Never Was You.

I’m pleased to welcome Mike Harris, grandson of author William E. Thomas, and man responsible for the incredible task of getting his grandfather’s saga published in order to share it with readers worldwide!

Welcome, Mike!

When my grandfather, William E. Thomas, wrote his epic saga, The Cypress Branches, he never intended for it to go unread. Indeed, my grandmother, Sheila, was the first person to read his book, being handed the printouts each evening from that day’s labours at the keyboard. She became as besotted with William’s characters as he had. As he tapped away day after day, with the words seemingly streaming from him in an unstoppable flow, she became more and more hungry to find out what happened next.

When he finally finished his book, the printed manuscript made its way around a small group of family and friends, all of whom devoured its pages with the same gusto that Sheila had. It was obvious to all who read it that this was a work which deserved to be read by a wider audience and everyone pushed William to take steps to get it published.

Alas, fate was to get in the way of those plans. As William’s health started to deteriorate, and the cruel effects of Alzheimer’s disease began to rob him of all the things he’d held dear in his life, it became clear that he would not be able to follow that dream of being published himself.

It appeared that this was where the story might end, with only a handful of people having ever read his wonderful book.

But I was determined not to let the story end there. I was lucky enough to have been one of those early readers. Like the others, I too had fallen in love with William’s wonderful characters and had been transported into the emotional world which he had conjured up, drawing from both events in his past and his vivid imagination.

As we watched William become a shadow of his former self, I became determined that he would see his book in print, and took steps to make sure that it would happen.

Pegasus Falling, Part One of the Cypress Branches trilogy, was released as a paperback and ebook last year, and since then it has been garnering nothing but positive reviews from around the world and even becoming a finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books contest.

What’s more, there’s now a growing legion of readers out there who have read and loved Pegasus Falling and are crying out for the release of part two of the trilogy.

And thankfully, they don’t have too much longer to wait, because Part Two is almost ready to launch. Titled It Never Was You, it follows the heartbreaking story of a middle class merchant seaman and his unexpected rollercoaster relationship with a beautiful, exuberant waitress from the Liverpool docks. Set against the backdrop of World War II and its aftermath, it continues the saga started in Pegasus Falling and packs a lot of emotion, drama and history into its pages.

I can’t wait to get the book into the hands of readers who I know will love it, and I’m extremely excited about my grandfather’s novels reaching an ever wider audience. These books have been published by me, William’s grandson, without the aid of a huge publishing house or publicity machine, so in order to give It Never Was You the launch it deserves, I’ve set up a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. In exchange for a contribution to the campaign, backers can choose to receive a “perk” in return. One of the exciting perks of backing this campaign is that you can choose to receive a copy of It Never Was You ahead of its release!

Contribute just £5 (that’s just under $8), and you’ll receive a digital copy of It Never Was You in March, a month before it’s released! Make that contribution £10 (around $16), and you’ll get a paperback copy of the book, again sent to you well ahead of publication.

If you’d like to be one of the first to read It Never Was You, then head on over to the campaign page and make your contribution. Remember to select either the “It Never Was You advance ebook” or “It Never Was You paperback” option from the perks to make sure you get your copy.

If you’re not in a position to contribute directly, but would still like to help, then you can! There are some handy share tools on the campaign page which you can use to help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, by email or on your blog. Every post and tweet you can send will help us spread the word about William’s wonderful books even more.

Remember, every penny raised will go towards funding the initial print run of It Never Was You, and helping to get the book into the hands of readers who will love them. If we’re able to raise more than the £500 target, the extra money will go towards finishing the trilogy – something I hope to do before the end of this year.

These really are special books, and deserve to be read by as wide an audience as possible. Can you help make that happen, and help me make William’s dream of publication come true?

I couldn’t make this happen for William without the support of people like you, so thank you, everyone, for helping in whichever way you can.

(P.S. Don’t forget to let me know what you make of the books. I love talking to readers about William’s writing and finding out what they made of it, so feel free to drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter!)

LINKS

CAMPAIGN PAGE: http://igg.me/at/cypressbranches

BLOG: http://acuteanglebooks.blogspot.co.uk

BUY PEGASUS FALLING ON AMAZON: http://amazon.com/dp/B007K8QM8E

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/cypressbranches

TWITTER: @cypressbranches

BEST INDIE BOOKS CONTEST (linked to above): http://www.thekindlebookreview.net/2012-contest-winners/

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Networking — Time Well Spent!

Pink Lemonade Diary (Paperback Edition) by Juliette Hill

Also available from Barnes and Noble and in the UK!

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity of attending an event that allowed me to network with friends and colleagues, and also make new connections in the field.

I attended a fabulous writers’ symposium sponsored by the Historic Medley District, Inc.  http://www.historicmedley.org/ in Poolesville, Maryland.  Fellow author and friend Melissa Foster was a guest speaker on the subject of self publishing!

I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to meet Melissa and hear her speak in person!  It was a real honor.  I’m also proud to be a member of the World Literary Cafe as well as her Facebook group, Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team!, #GoTeamPIF.

I attended with author Beverly J. Crawford and met other fantastic authors like Lisa V. Proulx, Paul A. Stankus and Mary E. Kingsley!  It was such a wonderful opportunity to connect with local writers and learn about their work!

Several of those in attendance had written books about local Montgomery County history.  One of them, Margaret Coleman, has specifically highlighted the history of nearby Barnesville, Maryland and its connection to the Revolutionary War in her books.

I can’t wait to attend another event hosted by the Historic Medley District, Inc.!

Happy Networking!

Juliette

 

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2013 — New Projects, New Promise

Pink Lemonade Diary by Juliette Hill

Paperback also available in Canada, the UK and through Barnes and Noble

E-book available for Kindle and NOOK!

I always enjoy the start of a new year, as it holds a world of possibilities for new projects and new goals for success.  This year in particular, I’m so excited about many prospects for creative writing projects as well as the completion of several that I began in 2012.

This new year, 2013, is getting off to a roaring start!  Many of my reviewers have commented that my stories are enjoyable but end to soon.  Expanding plot lines and developing multi-layered relationships are two aspects of my writing style that I’ll be concentrating on this year.  My intention is to write longer stories that will be even more satisfying to my readers.

I’ve almost completed my newest holiday romance, “Finding Christmas Love,” which embodies these improvements.  This love story revolves around the fate of a family-owned Christmas tree farm which was inspired by my love of the picturesque Vermont country side with it’s quaint towns and villages.

A new project in the works which I’m truly excited about is a collaborative effort with my publisher, Annie Acorn.  We’ll be bringing you a series of Charlotte Kent Romances!  Working with Annie on this is a great honor!  The Eastern Shore of Maryland provides the setting for the first story in the series.

Additionally, I will complete my first mystery/romance, which will possibly become a new series.  The story revolves around the central character, a young widow of a law enforcement professional, who enjoys interior design work and treasure/bargain hunting.  Soon after the death of her husband, she become involved in solving a cold case mystery which leads to adventure and romance.

The Pink Lemonade Memories Series will continue this year!  The second book takes Vicki Gray, her family and her best friend, Jess, on a fun-filled summer cruise as they all celebrate Vicki’s fourteenth birthday!  Vicki’s Great Aunt Mary will have some surprises for the family as the series progresses.  My short story, Two Beaux for Christmas, based on the series, provides a quick glimpse into Vicki’s winter break and holiday adventures with her friends and family.

Also in the works this year is Lilac Drive, a contemporary romance series.   Set in a small beachfront community with one main artery of shoppes and businesses, its owners and visitors providing plenty of inspirational romantic stories and enthralling adventures.

I plan to update, revise and expand some of my readers’ favorite stories of the last year, specifically, The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove and Christmas Shoppe Magic.  Each of these included characters that my readers wanted to learn more about.  Revised editions will fill in some back-story providing further insight into their lives!  Additionally, both of these stories have inspired related works, which will take several characters on an extended adventure and project one of them forward to a bright future.

There you have it –a glimpse into what the future holds for me, Juliette Hill!  Thanks to all again for your wonderful support and encouragement in 2012!  I look forward to all of your comments and thoughts on my works in 2013!

Happy Reading!

Juliette

 

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Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future

Two Beaux for Christmas (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

As Christmas 2012 approaches,  I realize how much I’ve accomplished this year, my first as a full-time writer.  Most of my published works have been short stories set around the Holiday Season, and a couple even have Christmas in their title.

Christmas Past:  Since I was a little girl, Christmas has been a time of great joy and inspiration, at times even magical!  My parents did a fantastic job of creating that kind of atmosphere by developing traditions for our family.  From the time my sister and I were very young, we would always have our annual Christmas picture taken with Santa Claus at our favorite department store in the city.  Thinking back, and viewing those treasured photos brings back that magical feeling of the Christmas spirit.  Sometimes in my mind, I can even remember the soft feel of Santa’s beard, because you know all little kids want to make sure it’s real.

After, we had our visit to Santa, we would go to the same lot every year to pick out our Christmas tree, usually a Balsam or a Douglas Fir.  I remember my Dad always loved to put the silver icicles on our tree, and they looked so beautiful.  He also created a handmade cardboard star covered with aluminum foil that we would place on the very top of the tree.  Even though he probably remade that star about ten times over the years, I still have one rendition of that with me today, that I placed atop my tree this evening.

Christmas Present:  These days, with all the hustle and bustle and busy schedules, it’s sometimes hard to get into the Christmas spirit and find the time to do all the things that my parents seem to do effortlessly during the season.  But, when I feel overwhelmed, I turn on the radio and listen to Christmas music and all the pressures seem to disappear and thoughts of spending time with wonderful friends and family during the holidays fills my heart.

My family’s present holiday tradition is to come to my home on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts; then we spend Christmas Day at my sister’s.  She always has a delicious meal and her home is buzzing with Christmas cheer, as her two children and their friends fill the house with activity and excitement…everything one could possibly want to inspire some Christmas spirit!

Christmas Future:  As my niece and nephew grow up and start new adventures of their own, I hope that they will always cherish the family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.  In turn, they will begin their own special Christmas traditions that I hope I will be blessed to experience with them.

My writing future includes ideas and inspiration for many new Christmas and holiday-based stories!  I’ll keep you posted!

Today is Christmas Eve and I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of my readers for making my year extra special.  I also want to thank all the wonderful authors and writers with whom I have connected on Twitter and Facebook.  It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be associated with so many talented and passionate individuals!  I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and a prosperous and successful New Year!

All the best,

Juliette

Christmas Shoppe Magic (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts) by Juliette Hill

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

 

 

 

 

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Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Two Beaux for Christmas (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill

Also available in the UK and on NOOK!

I have just completed my One Vintage Heart Blog Tour showcasing the talented authors associated with 5 Prince Publishing!  Today, I’m excited to be part of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop thanks to the lovely invitation of Sarah R. Yoffa!

Welcome to my blog post on my ‘Next Big Thing’!  I’ll be presenting questions and answers about my current WIP in paragraph form.  Hope you enjoy finding out a little bit more of my future works.

The working title of my new book is:  “Calee Martinez, Sleuth by Design–Case #1 Route 66 and the Vintage Victim.  I got the idea for the book when my husband and I were traveling this summer!  We love to take car trips and this past year we were able to take a very relaxing drive to Florida.  First, we spent time in Daytona Beach and then we went on to Palm Beach.  Usually, when we’re in the car I get inspiration and feel so close to the idea of the open road and what it has always meant to be able to start driving and follow your dream.

After a few days in Daytona, the creative juices started to flow and I thought of the idea of my main character and the romance of Route 66.  I watched the T.V. show as a kid and have always wanted to drive cross country.  The idea for my main character, an interior designer, Calee Martinez came from my love of interior design and love of all things vintage.  The idea of her finding the identity of  our cold case victim and marrying that with a look back to vintage Route 66 was very compelling to me!

My book is in the genre of fiction:  mystery and romance.  If I could cast the movie, I would pick Mila Kunis, Emma Roberts or Jennifer Lawrence to play my main character, Calee.  I would probably pick Teddy Sears, Max Carver or Robert Pattinson to play Steve.

Describing my books in ten words or less:  Mystery, Romance and Adventure down America’s most iconic highways!

My book will be published as all of my works are through a small independent publishing company, Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC.  It’s a collective group led by Annie Acorn, a successful indie author.

The first draft of this work will be complete by the end of the month, but I have been working on it for the past six months.

My love of decorating, all things vintage and love of a good mystery were all factors contributing to the overall concept.  The historical significance that I will bring in about the road should pique the readers interest.

So there you have it.  It’s a small glimpse into one of my future works to be released early in 2013!

Once again, I would like to thank Sarah Yoffa for inviting me to participate. Here are her links: www.webbiegrrl.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/webbiegrrlwriter

My friend and colleague, Beverly Crawford is also joining me for this blog hop.  Visit her at www.bevjcrawford.com

Pink Lemonade Diary (paperback edition) by Juliette Hill

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One Vintage Heart Blog Tour Welcomes Author Christina OW

Christina’s Bio:

I love reading novels that take me on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for me, for a few hours I love to live the lives of characters I grow to cherish and admire.

I’ve always had an active imagination and because of it I’ve lived in my head more than I have been in the outside world. I’ve always imagined scenarios and wondered how it would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions it would invoke.

I began writing down the many stories in my head in 2010.

I have a Diploma in Law and I’m currently in my last year for my BA in International Studies.

Writing was never a career path for me, it was just a release as fashion design is my true passion, and now writing has become a vital part of me and my family as my twin sister (M.O.) is also a writer.

I hope to always continue with my love of writing no matter what the future holds for me.

Contact Information:

Facebook- Christina OW

Twitter- @christina_ow

WordPress- christinaow.wordpress.com

Author Interview:

Juliette:  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

Christina:  Being able to express my imagination on paper and the fact that there is no limit or boundaries when creating an entirely fictitious new life I can live in for a few months.

Juliette:  What genre(s) do you write?

Christina:  Romance, Paranormal, Suspense, Contemporary

Juliette:  What genres and authors would we find you?

Christina:  Nicky Charles, Quinn Loftis, Bernadette Marie

Juliette:  What was the hardest part of writing your book

Christina:  When you have to describe a very painful scene. I really don’t want to do it, but the book really needs it. I end up feeling guilty destroying a life.

Juliette:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Christina:  Both.

Juliette:  I like planning out my books especially the series. It gives me a sense of direction and how and when the characters are to grow.

Christina:  In Star Bright I was a pantser. I knew who Maria was and who Dave was at the beginning of the book but when the other characters come in, they just shaped them and they became these other people, very different from whom I thought they would be. Maria grew into this fierce confident woman, mother and wife and this was all because of Dave and to some extent Ricky, the villain.

Juliette:  Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

Christina:  I don’t think my book is better than anyone else’s. A book is suppose to relax you, make you think or open peoples minds. It just depends on what rocks the readers’ boats, and if my books are it, that’s cool.

Juliette:  What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

Christina:  It’s not wrong to dream, true love does exist and to always think of yourself and be selfish sometimes. Or you could risk getting lost or stuck.

Juliette:  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Christina:  In Star Bright. The message is don’t make excuses when you are in an abusive relationship because there is a man out there just waiting to show you what true love is.

‘I am the master of my destiny, the leader of my actions, the dictator of my world for the power lives in me and no one else.’

Juliette:  How long have you been a writer?

Christina:  I love writing poems and I’ve done so for many years. I started writing novels in 2010, so two years.

Juliette:  How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

Christina:  For Star Bright, it took me six months to finish writing it, about three months of queries and finally four months of editing.

Juliette:  What other careers have you had?

Christina:  I was an intern at a law firm for three months and then I did two months as an apprentice at a fashion house. I also feature in other artists songs.

Juliette:  Do you write under more than one name? Why?

Christina:  No. I use only one pen name Christina OW.

My real name is Rinah Lidonde.

Juliette:  Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Christina:  Star Bright yes. Spousal abuse is everywhere so this was my way of writing a happy ending to all of them.

Juliette:  How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?

Christina:  I’m an onion. One peel at a time and you’d have to be very patient. Trust doesn’t come easy to me.

Juliette:  What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

Christina:  I’m a twin. We have the same interests, writing being one of them but we are two completely different people, its even visible in how we write.

Juliette:  What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

Christina:  The romantic suspense thriller, Fatal Jealousy will be released in January 2013.

Twins Ellsa and Ellie are completely different in character, personality, taste and interests. Apart from the striking resemblance to each other, they share the one thing siblings shouldn’t…. the same taste in men.

They keep falling for the same man, creating a quiet rivalry between them. Determined not to let a man come between them ever again, Ellie and Ellsa agree to stay away from each others relationships. But when they meet Dale Carson, an FBI agent and a bachelor, their love lives are turned upside down.

But they aren’t the only ones taken by the rogue. His partner and long time lover, Gwen Johansson, also called dibs.

Carson is interested in only one of them. He is pulled by Ellie’s passion for love and art, and most importantly, him. What starts as a sexual chase, ends with his permanent retirement from bachelorhood.

But their love story is not a smooth one.

Carson’s day job comes knocking on his front door and before he knows it, his whole world is ripped apart.

Out of all the possible suspects, Ellie has the most evidence stacked up against her. She is implicated in the brutal murders of her ex-boyfriends, and Carson is faced with the horror of arresting the love of his life. With two suspects of his own, he is convinced she is being set up, but he has no way of proving it.

Case Title: Woman Scorned

Juliette:  What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Christina:  Stephanie Meyer, Ann Rice, Sydney Sheldon, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Sherrilyn Kenyon

Juliette:  How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

Christina:  The rest of my family is like congratulations. My sisters are very encouraging and excited for me but my mom takes the cake! My mom is so supportive. She’s more excited than I am! Once the book cover was out, she sent it to everyone who’s ever sent her an email.

That’s why I use her name as my author’s name. She’s done everything she humanly could to help me become the person I am and do everything I set my mind to. She deserves all the credit.

Juliette:  Where are you from?

Christina:  Kenya but right now I live in South Africa. I’m still in University for a BA in International Studies, Communications and media studies.

Juliette:  How do you come up with the titles?

Christina:  I try to sum up what the story is about in five words or less.

Juliette:  Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

Christina:  Not really. The only thing that has changed is my demeanor in all my ventures. I’m more confident with what are do, school, writing, designing. There is an extra 50% in everything I do.

Juliette:  Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

Christina:  Multi-task. When I get stuck in one story it helps to go to the next story.

Juliette:  When not writing, how do you relax?

Christina:  I read novels.

Juliette:  Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.

Christina:  Quiet, Thoughtful, Creative, Very Private, Sometimes Gullible

Juliette:  Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

Christina:  Fatal Jealousy- three women, two of them twins, interested in one man and it all gets deadly and bloody fast.

Love Forever After- it’s a love story that is very out of the norm. It’s about a guy who is so in love with his wife and can’t take the fact that she is dead. He goes on this destructive path and his wife is forced to come back and force him into this unorthodox solution for his depression.

Guardian Assassin- It’s a about a guy who pushes three women to ‘get rid of’ their abusive husbands.

Fate series- Werewolf and magick series

Slave Bound series- A regency series about four siblings

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One Vintage Heart Welcomes Author Rebekah Roberts — Interview and Guest Post

Rebekah Roberts’ obsession with fairytales, romance, and Jesus came at an early age. She knew as a young teen that she wanted to write books for girls that were both fun to read and good for them.

While working as a nanny and volunteering in her church’s youth group, Rebekah continues her mission to write wholesome romances and uses fiction as a platform for The Unfolding Rose Ministries; where she helps to promote true beauty and self confidence in girls.

Rebekah was homeschooled through high school.  She continued her education at Moore Norman Technology, where she studied creative writing. She uses her education to instill a love of the craft in the next generation through teaching writing classes.

Growing up in small town Oklahoma, she loves the old south and history, which finds its way into her writing and everyday conversation with dreams of plantation houses, WWII dances, and Victorian trivia. She has a passion for taking an old story and making it new.

When she is not writing or working with youth, she loves to watch sci-fi movies with family or enjoy a pot of tea with good friends.

Petals is her first novel. www.RebekahRoberts.net

Author Contact Info:

Website: RebekahRoberts.net

Twitter: @RebekahFRoberts

Facebook: facebook.com/RebekahRobertsWriter

Email: rebekah.thestoryteller@gmail.com

Available from 5 Prince Publishing www.5princebooks.com  books@5princebooks.com

Genre: Fiction, Christian, Romance

Release Date: July 2012

Digital ISBN 13: 978-14524185-8-2  ISBN 10: 1-4524-1858-6

Print ISBN 13: 978-0615668697 ISBN 10: 0615668690

Purchase link : www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm

 Petals

“Beauty might just be the beast.”’

Calla Williams is not like other girls.  Most girls spend their whole lives trying to be beautiful, Calla already is…and she hates it.

When she is shipped off one summer to live with family friends in their dilapidated Mississippi plantation, Calla is faced with the prospect of living with strangers and their teenage son.  This is annoying because, like any other boy, he is sure to fall in love with her on sight. However, Griffin Davenport is not your typical teenage guy. With his hot temper and half of his face severely scarred, “hate at first sight” is closer to what she finds.

Though the two teens try to stay out of each other’s way, an odd attraction to each other makes staying away anything but easy.

Now, Calla must deal with growing feelings, her own prejudices, and finding the secret to Griffin’s past. As hate turns to friendship and friendship becomes something more, Calla learns a startling truth: God uses even how we look in His plan for our lives.

Excerpt from Petals

              When I made it to the kitchen, I found it dark with all the curtains pulled.  I flicked on the switch and, just as the night before, the room flooded with light.

               A man was standing to the side, leaning against the stove.  I let out a little shriek, startled to find someone in the dark room.

The first thing I noticed was his face. It was horribly scarred. Half of it was normal while the other half looked mangled.  He was tall and huge, completely dwarfing me. The room felt suddenly too small for comfort.

“Need something?” he asked. He sounded angry but I didn’t know why.

“Just…um, the cream.” I moved to the counter where I could see it sitting, but my eyes stayed on Griffin.  I knew it was Griffin, I mean, who else could it be?

“What are you staring at?” he said, anger rising in his throat. He spat out he words in tone that sounded automatic.

“Um… sorry… I.”

“Wanna see freaks? Go to a circus.”  He stepped forward and got right in my face. His breath was hot, making goose bumps fill out all over my arms and back.  I could see every twisted, graphic line of his face; it looked like something out of a horror movie. The closeness of his massive body felt almost like an attack.

He stared into my eyes for a moment, then he moved past me, his nose almost grazed mine.  He stomped through the door; it wobbled back and forth on its hinge.

INTERVIEW:

Juliette:  What genre(s) do you write?

Rebekah:  Christian Teen Romance, but every now and then I have to take a break and write a little horror.

Juliette:  What genres and authors would we find you reading?

Rebekah:  I love romance, Meg Cabot, Stephanie Meyer, Gail Carson Levine. I’ve always had a thing for classic as well, Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier,

Juliette:  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Rebekah:  Getting up the courage to send it out to a publisher.  Writing it was pretty easy, editing it was harder but still fun, but after it was finished it sat in my computer collecting digital dust for over a year.  Finally a very wise woman asked me, why not?  I’m so glad I listened to her and sent it out into the world.

Juliette:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Rebekah:  A little of both.  I hate to have everything plotted out and I never plot on paper, but I can’t get things done if I don’t have at least most of the major scenes figured out in my head.  So, I guess I am a plottser?

Juliette:  Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

Rebekah:  Because even though fairy-tales are big and there are a lot of choices out there right now, my stories are different because they deal with real life.  They don’t have magic so in the end my characters have to deal with the messes that they have made without a magical spell to set them free.  I’d like to think this is a fresher take on the old tales.

Juliette:  What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

Rebekah:  That there is hope and love in the world.  And that they might feel a better sense of the fact that there is a purpose for their lives.  That’s what I want my characters to learn, so that’s what I am hoping to show the reader through my characters.

Juliette:  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Rebekah:  That everything has beauty in it and that God uses that beauty to do great things.  I want every girl, (or guy) that reads my book to feel like they too are beautiful and that they are important.

Juliette:  How long have you been a writer?

Rebekah:  Since I was about 9.  I started my first novel, The Mystery of the International Twins.  It is a completed work that I hope will never see the light of day!

Juliette:  How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

Rebekah:  About three years.  A year and a half to write and edited; and the same amount of time in procrastination.

Juliette:  What other careers have you had?

Rebekah:  Wow, I have been everything from a receptionist at a funeral home to a full time nanny.  I’ve been a homeschool teacher, a personal assistant, a waitress, a dog/cat sitter, a sales person and I’ve worked at a dry cleaners.  I feel like there are far too many interesting things to do out there to just pick one, but throughout it all I have been a writer.  I think all of those jobs have helped me not only be a better person, (i.e., I try to tip better now) but a better writer.

Juliette:  Do you write under more than one name? Why?

Rebekah:  Nope.  My parents gave me a superhero name, (double initials, like Peter Parker, or Lois Lane), and because of this I think it’s kind of catchy.

Juliette:  Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Rebekah:  Yes and no.  My characters all seem to have a little bit of me in them.  It’s hard not to write in first person and not give them a little of yourself.  Also, the character Sammie, (Petals), is based on a lot of different people that I know.  He’s a mixture of my brothers and other teenage boys I grew up with.  Some of the things he says are direct quotes from those guys and it makes me happy to see them alive in Sam.

Juliette:  How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?

Rebekah:  I’m a very loving, girly, loud laughing, deep feeling person.  I’m a true romantic and I try to find the beauty in everyday life.  Mostly, my relationship with my Jesus is the centerfold of my life.  As I learn to fall more deeply in love with Him, I hope that I am becoming a better person along the way.

Juliette:  What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

Rebekah:  Oh, that’s so hard.  When you live in your own skin, your life seems sort of boring, but I guess, the fact that I played drums in a rock band from the ages of nine to twenty, is pretty cool.  I grew up in this exclusive world of local independent (or indie) bands.  It’s a very close knit community and I learned a lot from those years.  I never wanted to be a professional musician and i am glad I chose writing over the band, but I still miss those days.  There is nothing that compares getting all the beats just right.  It’s a thrill like no other.

Juliette:  What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

Rebekah:  That it’s fun.  I write about hard topics, but in the end I really want to write a good story.

Juliette:  What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Rebekah:  Meg Cabot’s All American Girl had a big impact on me as a teenager.  It’s all about a girl wanting to be anyone but herself, but in the end she realizes that being herself is the best person to be.  I wanted to write books that made girls think about themselves in a better light.  Also, Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted.  It was the first novelized retelling of a fairy-tale that I ever read.  It made me want to write a new version of a fairy-tale for myself.

Juliette:  How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

Rebekah:  They have all been so excited and supportive.  It’s been really wonderful seeing how many of them have stepped up and not only bought a copy but are being little foot soldiers and getting the word out there.  I couldn’t have gotten this far without them.

Juliette:  Where are you from?

Rebekah:  I am Texas born but Oklahoma bred.  I guess you might say that I have red dirt in my veins.

Juliette:  How do you come up with the titles?

Rebekah:  Petals was originally called, Calla and Griffin: A Modern Day Version of Beauty and the Beast.  I laugh now, when I think about how long that would have been.  After I came to my senses and realized I didn’t need the whole storyline on the cover, I changed it to simply Petals because roses are such an important theme in Beauty and the Beast as well as my novel.

Juliette:  Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

Rebekah:  I think my writing finally has some weight behind it.  When you have spent years just typing on a laptop pr scribbling in a notebook and claim to be a writer no one really takes you seriously, but after you are published suddenly they are asking you to edit things for them.  It’s funny how that works.  In a lot of ways I feel like I just graduated.

Juliette:  Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

Rebekah:  I can’t multi-task well.  I try to keep up blogs and facebook, maybe a short story, while writing a novel, but I can’t get my brain around more than one novel at a time.  I get distracted too easily, and that is how projects go unfinished.

Juliette:  When not writing, how do you relax?

Rebekah:  I love to go to the movies.  I try to see anything that even looks halfway good.  When I was a little girl, my dad and I would watch a movie at home every night and we would go out to the theater at least once a week.  I still love to watch a good movie, but I am much more apt to fall asleep these days.

Juliette:  Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.

Rebekah:  I am 24 years old.

I’m an avid walker, I take the twins that I nanny out on a walk every morning and I love to go walking by myself or with a friend.

I played the Scarecrow of Oz in my church’s huge interactive play and I just got the cast list, so I am excited to be playing it again this year.

Before I went gluten-free my favorite snack was cold egg-rolls, now I love to chop up a banana and put a little salt on it.

Juliette:  What Projects are you working on now?

Rebekah:  I am working on the sequel to Petals, a novel called Sheltering Snow.   It will be a modern version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which in my mind translates into: A teen runaway, with a secret, is befriended by a family of quirky siblings who have a few secrets of their own.

GUEST POST

Focusing on Friendship

By Rebekah Roberts

As a teen romance writer, it is important to me to write stories that encourage young people to have healthy relationships.   We’ve all seen the scoffing faces when we admit that we are romance writers, and it’s understandable; generally teen romances are at best fluffy puff pieces and at worst pictures of unhealthy or even abusive relationships.

It’s because of these stereotypes that I set out to write romances that show a healthier version of love to teens.  How do I do this?  By  focusing on the friendship.  I am not saying that this is the only way to write a healthy romance, but this is how I have chosen to write the romance in my novel Petals.   To focus on the friendship means to grow the couple first in their understanding and love for one another as people before getting into the physical side of things.

Just like in real life, I want my characters to have a foundation of friendship.  As I write mostly modern versions of classic fairy-tales, it’s important to me for the prince to not just fall in love with the princess because she is hot, but because he has gotten to know her for who she truly is.

So, just like in an actual relationship I have to let my characters into each other’s lives.  To let them see each other at their worst, as well as their best.  To let them play and laugh together, as well as cry and even fight together.   Only then can they truly know that their love is something deeper than just a summer fling.

Maybe I am old fashioned but I think it’s much more romantic to see characters that have a history and a friendship, finally get together.  To me the real happily ever after is one that you know will last beyond the initial attraction.

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